Dr. Joseph M. Pi­tone of Chadds Ford

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Nephrol­o­gist Dr. Joseph M. Pi­tone, 71, of Chadds Ford, PA, died Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, at Penn Pres­by­te­rian Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Philadel­phia.

He was the hus­band of Gail Chro­nis­ter Pi­tone. He is also sur­vived by his daugh­ter, Dr. Me­lanie Pi­tone (Jef­frey Press); his son, Michael Pi­tone (Brooke); his son Matthew Pi­tone (Eve­line); grand­chil­dren, Siena, Ro­man, Sofia, Oliver, Ryker, Grif­fin, and a sis­ter, He­len Widun.

Born Oc­to­ber 15, 1946, in Philadel­phia, PA, Joseph was the son of the late Ernest Pi­tone and Feli­cia DeLuca Pi­tone.

A proud grad­u­ate of St. Joseph’s Prepara­tory School (1964) and St. Joseph’s Uni­ver­sity (1968), he con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at the Philadel­phia Col­lege of Os­teo­pathic Medicine (PCOM). He grad­u­ated med­i­cal school in 1972 and com­pleted an internship and res­i­dency in In­ter­nal Medicine at what was then-Kennedy Memo­rial Hospi­tal-Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Strat­ford, NJ, in 1975. Joseph com­pleted a Fel­low­ship in Nephrol­ogy and Hy­per­ten­sion at Hah­ne­mann Med­i­cal Col­lege and Hospi­tal.

As Med­i­cal Direc­tor of the Kennedy Health Sys­tem (now Jef­fer­son Health) Dial­y­sis Pro­gram since its in­cep­tion more than 25 years ago, Dr. Pi­tone has been a beloved mem­ber of the Jef­fer­son – New Jer­sey fam­ily. As the leader of Nephrol­ogy & Hy­per­ten­sion As­so­ciates, he was a cham­pion for his pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and the health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion. Kennedy Health Sys­tem pre­sented Dr. Pi­tone with the Bea­con Award in 2009 for ex­pand­ing and ad­vanc­ing Kennedy’s Dial­y­sis Ser­vices and help­ing to de­velop a Nephrol­ogy Res­i­dency pro­gram in con­junc­tion with UMDNJ (now Rowan Uni­ver­sity-SOM).

Pres­i­dent of the New Jer­sey Di­vi­sion of Jef­fer­son Health Joseph W. Devine says, “Dr. Pi­tone’s im­pact on the treat­ment of kid­ney disease and our dial­y­sis pro­gram will for­ever be im­printed in South Jer­sey. His kind­ness and gen­uine con­cern will never be for­got­ten.”

A highly re­spected leader in his field, Dr. Pi­tone was awarded nu­mer­ous teach­ing awards, in­clud­ing the “Golden Ap­ple” – given to him by med­i­cal stu­dents for teach­ing ex­cel­lence – and the UMDNJ Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing Award. Along with be­ing an ex­cel­lent ed­u­ca­tor and men­tor to many Med­i­cal Staff mem­bers, Dr. Pi­tone touched the lives of his pa­tients and all who worked for and with him.

“Dr. Pi­tone was like a sec­ond fa­ther to me,” says his col­league of 25 years, Dr. Car­men Canals. “If you were up­set about some­thing, he could make you see both sides of a sit­u­a­tion like a diplo­mat.”

A true Philadel­phia na­tive, Dr. Pi­tone en­joyed the Phillies and spend­ing time at the Jer­sey Shore. His work and fam­ily were ev­ery­thing to him.

Rel­a­tives and Friends are in­vited to his vis­i­ta­tions on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at the Del­laVec­chia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Fu­neral Home, Inc., 410 North Church Street, West Ch­ester, PA 19380, 610696-1181, www.Del­laFH. com; and on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 2018 from 1011 a.m. at the First Pres­by­te­rian Church of West Ch­ester, 130 W. Miner St., West Ch­ester, PA 19382; fol­lowed by his Memo­rial Ser­vice at 11 a.m. In­ter­ment will be Pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Na­tional Kid­ney Foun­da­tion, 1500 Wal­nut Street, Suite 301, Philadel­phia, PA 19102.

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